Life as a student nurse was never meant to be easy, but does it really have to be this hard? This is the question I have been asking myself for just over a year now. I began my journey as a student nurse in March 2017. I arrived fully expecting three years of hard grafting, intellectual turmoil, and an abysmal social life. From the reviews of nursing students and registered nurses combined, this was only too fair to expect. However, recently I have began to really think about my career path and this question dawned on me: why does it have to be this hard?